people in blue scrubs Advanced Practice Clinician Fellowship

North Mississippi Medical Center offers an Advanced Practice Clinician Fellowship. The program is open to a nurse practitioner within 18 months of graduation from an NP program. The fellowship has a primary care focus and a blended approach to the clinical experiences and allows for direct supervision for the remaining hours mandated by the Mississippi Board of Nursing. Dr. Vernon Rayford, fellowship medical director, is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and obesity medicine and is additionally trained as a Pharm.D. The Director of the APC Fellowship is Rebecca Cagle, Ph.D., DNPc, who is board certified as a family nurse practitioner and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Both have years of experience as providers of care to Mississippians.

Our Mission

To transform trainees into demonstrably high quality and capable advanced practice clinicians who will be lifelong providers of quality evidence-based care; work to improve the health of the people of our region; and work effectively and collegially with other providers to these same ends

Who is eligible?

A nurse practitioner within 18 months of graduation after an NP program may apply for the North Mississippi Medical Center Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) Fellowship. The individual must be certified as an NP by AANP or ANCC and licensed by the state of Mississippi as an APRN to begin the Fellowship.

When does the Fellowship start?

The Fellowship runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30 each year.

What type things will I be doing? How is it different from a regular APC job?

The Fellowship is directed toward primary care and includes a series of clinical rotations and didactic sessions that enhance knowledge, skills and confidence. The Fellowship allows for direct supervision for the hours mandated by the Mississippi Board of Nursing for nurse practitioners.

Participation in this fellowship helps you complete paperwork for NPI, PMP, DEA and third-party payer credentialing, and provides additional clinical experience in a variety of settings. Continuing education is provided for such skills as suturing, rural trauma, DOT exams, ASLS and other components such as EMR documentation, MACRA and MIPS. Live and SIM offerings are provided to verify and document competency.

The program includes specialty and primary care rotations and generally includes rotations in cardiology, endocrinology and diabetes treatment, pulmonology, infectious disease, behavioral health, chronic pain management, neurology, rheumatology, long term care and skilled nursing facilities, and primary care settings including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and a lifestyle-wellness clinic. Elective clinical experiences are available. In regard to population health and community service, the NP Fellows are trained as lifestyle coaches and will assist in the Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention community classes, and are trained in Tobacco Cessation to assist in the community-based tobacco cessation classes.

The Fellowship is different from a regular APC job in that you have a seasoned physician or APC with you throughout all of the clinical rotations. The goal is to allow you adequate time to learn about North Mississippi Health Services’ clinics and hospitals. More than 50 percent of the primary care provided in northeast Mississippi is provided by NPs.

Job Description and Benefits

During the Fellowship, you are considered a full-time regular salaried employee with full benefits. At the conclusion of the Fellowship, you are welcome to apply for open positions within NMHS. NMHS includes the flagship hospital, North Mississippi Medical Center, located in Tupelo; six community hospitals located in Amory, Eupora, Iuka, Pontotoc, West Point, Miss. and Hamilton, Ala.; and North Mississippi Medical Clinics locations.

Are you a candidate for our APC Fellowship?

Contact Dr. Rebecca Cagle, director of the NMMC Advanced Practice Clinician Fellowship, at (662) 377-3270 or racagle@nmhs.net to learn more about this career opportunity.